Thursday, June 23, 2016

Character Interview with Grace from Christine Hartmann's WILD WITHIN

We’re thrilled to be talking to Grace from Christine Hartmann’s Wild Within.  It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Pimp That Character!

Thank you for your interview, Grace.  How old are you and what do you do for a living?

I usually try to avoid answering questions about my age. But since you’re being so nice, I’m thirty-four. I work as a therapist in San Francisco.

Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?

I think something that sets me apart is my determination. It may not look like it on the surface, but I have inner reserves of strength that sometimes I don’t even know are there. Actually, now that I say that, I think that’s like a lot of women. We are often stronger then we appear until circumstances test us.

Are you a loner or do you prefer to surround yourself with friends?

I’m definitely not a loner. I love being with people, meeting people I don’t know, listening to their stories. I don’t always divulge everything about myself right away, but I like being around people who take the time to get to know me. Lone Star was like that. I feel like I told him my life story the first day we met.

Who is your best friend?

My best friend is Celine. She’s my brother’s girlfriend and acts like the strong person I want to be. She’s always ready with a joke, but inside she has a heart of gold.

What is your favorite weather?

I spend most of Wild Within hiking the Pacific Crest Trail that runs from Mexico to Canada. Around the trail, you can’t choose the weather, so you get used to everything. They have a saying, “The perfect place on the trail is the place I am right now.” That includes the weather right now. But little beats standing on top of a mountain on a warm day with a brilliant blue sky.

Do you like to cook?  If so, what is your favorite thing to cook?

After weeks hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, I like cooking anything that’s not trail food. Out there I dreamed about chocolate cake, hot pizza, a steak with all the fixings, malted vanilla milkshake, sushi, Caesars salad…you get the idea. Right now I’m concentrating on making cakes from scratch.

If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?

I’d curl up in Lone Star’s arms and spend every hour telling him how much I love him. 

About the Author:


Christine Hartmann grew up in Ohio and Delaware and loves traveling to exotic, romantic settings. After a college semester in Kathmandu, her first three “real” jobs were all in northern Japan, where she lived for almost 10 years. She currently splits her career between her daytime occupation (improving the quality of veterans’ nursing home care) and her nights/weekend avocation (writing both fiction and non-fiction books). Her husband Ron Strickland is a well-known long-distance hiker and trail guide writer and the founder of the 1,200-mile Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail. Christine loves reading, pilates, bicycling, and snorkeling, and health foods that taste like they’re bad for you. You will often find her at a keyboard, a German shepherd at her side, and Ron whispering sweet edits over her shoulder.

Her latest book is book one of the Wild at Heart series, Wild Within.

For More Information
About the Book:

Author: Christine Hartmann
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Pages: 274
Genre: Romantic Suspense

A year after a family tragedy, Grace Mori embarks on the journey of a lifetime…

Two thousand, six hundred miles of blistering heat, wilderness, and soul searching—that’s what Grace signed up for when she decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. It’s not a voyage for beginners, but with no husband and her family still recovering from her bother’s death, Grace is more alone than ever. 

This trail meant something to her brother, and she’ll hike it in his memory, but she can’t do it alone. So with her brother’s gear and a small group, Grace takes the most important first steps of her life.

Grace finds something more than peace and magic on the trail…

When her first day of hiking ends in heat stroke, Grace is rescued by a handsome, red-haired hiker who calls himself Lone Star. Grace has an immediate connection with him, and their brief encounter leaves her fearing her soul mate has slipped through her fingers. Although he vows to keep in touch, Grace doubts she’ll ever see him again.

When fears become reality, the only people Grace can rely on may be killers...

Grace is surprised to find notes left at supply posts along the trail. Lone Star’s eloquent letters keep Grace going, clinging to the hope she’ll find him—and happiness—at the end of her journey. But as the trail becomes more perilous, menace grows within the group. And when Lone Star’s letters mysteriously stop coming, Grace fears the worst. 

As tensions flare and a killer emerges, Grace must battle to survive…and reunite with the man she’s sure is her future.

For More Information

  • Wild Within is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

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